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Palone celebrates birthday by driving 7 winnners

on 02/14/2009 12:00 AM
Dave Palone celebrated his 47th birthday in style on Friday at The Meadows, driving seven winners on the 14-race card, including a sweep of the three divisions of the Early Call, a late-closing series for 3- and 4-year-old filly and mare pacers. Ron Burke trains all three division winners, giving him a sweep as well. The fastest time of the three $12,000 opening leg divisions was turned in ...
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Cal-bred Glad To Be Back scores by four

on 02/13/2009 12:00 AM
Gusting winds could not slow down Glad To Be Back, who scored an impressive 1:51.4 front-end victory in the $12,500 second round of the Junior Trendsetter Series on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.  Glad To Be Back bull-rushed to the lead down the backstretch and opened up by four lengths on the field through middle fractions of 55.2 and 1:23.3.  Never challenged, he sprinted home in 2...
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Always A Virgin\'s book full and closed

on 02/13/2009 12:00 AM
Victory Hill Farm of Indiana, along with the owners of Always A Virgin, have announced that the stallion’s book for his 2009 breeding season is full and closed. The stallion\'s stud fee for his first season was set at $3,500. “We have never had this number of contracts returned in January and February. To my knowledge, a farm in Indiana has never closed a stallion’s  book beca...
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Brother to Muscle Mass to stand in Indiana

on 02/13/2009 12:00 AM
Touchdown Town. (Muscles Yankee-Graceful Touch), the 3-year-old full brother to world champion Muscle Mass 2, 1:53.4, will stand stud at the new Horseplex facility in Shelbyville, Ind., near Indiana Downs this year.   Muscle Mass topped the 2008 Harrisburg mixed sale at $520,000. Touchdown Town was a $320,000 yearling at the 2007 Harrisburg sale. He made one start in a qualifier a...
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Miller trainees sweep opening round of Tender Loving Care

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Erv Miller trainees Smooth Silver and Moonlite Delite swept the $12,500 opening round of the Tender Loving Care Series for 3-year-old filly pacers Wednesday night at the Meadowlands.Smooth Silver swung three wide on the final turn and caught Riley Character just in time to win the first of the Tender Loving Care divisions in 1:52.4.  Driven by Brian Sears, Smooth Silver got away sixth and wor...
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Party spoils the surprise at Dover Downs

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Dingy\'s Party just got up at the wire to nip Allmar Surprise in the $32,000 Open Trot while Tuna Whip won for fun in the $22,000 trot on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Jim Morand moved owner-trainer Tom Clendining\'s Dingy\'s Party three wide turning for home and had just enough to catch Vic Kirby-driven Allmar Surprise in the final step to score a 1:54.2 victory in the week\'s feature trot. A...
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Upfront Northern wins Niatross final at Buffalo

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Upfront Northern, a 10-year-old Northern Luck gelding out of the Storm Damage mare Storm Tossed, won the $21,500 Niatross final for horses who have raced for a $4,000 claiming tag in 2:02 for owner David Phoenix at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night. Driven by reinsman Keith Kash Jr., Upfront Northern ($3.50), who settled in fifth as the field passed the quarter pole, swung to the outside as pac...
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Newcomers finals held at Balmoral

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
After two legs of preliminary action Balmoral Park played host to a pair of $8,000 finals of the Winter Newcomers Series on a wet and blustery Wednesday night, with You Go Girl and Dynamic Dream coming up winners.   In the trotting final, Gloria Cisna’s You Go Girl came storming through the open stretch to knock off seven rivals by three-quarters of a length in 2:03.1 over a sloppy track...
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Illinois horsemen trying to reverse recapture

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Illinois Harness Horsemen\'s Association (IHHA) president Dave McCaffrey has issued a statement which says the IHHA is working to repeal the state\'s unique recapture law which has moved money from purses to track operators for more than 10 years. the recapture law came about at the same time full-card simulcasting got underway.   The statement is as follows:\"Horsemen in Illinois...
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Three straight for Wen-Mar\'s Memo at The Meadows

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Spring to the lead, back down the fractions, sprint home. Wen-Mar’s Memo has that formula down pat — she used it again Wednesday at The Meadows to capture her third consecutive race, the $25,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot.  Eric Ledford guided the 5-year-old daughter of Carry The Message-Lightly Sakra through a front half of :59. Although the sloppy surface took a heavy toll on most...
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Kentucky VLT bill approved by House committee

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Legislation to authorize video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks unanimously passed out of a House of Representatives committee Feb. 12, but its sponsor, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, has already said he doesn\'t expect the bill to be voted on by the full legislature this year.   The bill passed the House Committee on Licensing and Occupations with one abstention. Some le...
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Monticello cancels Thursday race card

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway has canceled its Thursday live racing program due to an unsafe racetrack caused by the warming temperatures and thawing conditions. However, the Raceway will still offer simulcast wagering both day and night. The next scheduled live race card isn’t until Tuesday, Feb. 17, which will feature the seventh annual Lady Godiva Pace for women drivers who will donate their driving p...
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Steroid studies among info RMTC reviews at Vegas meeting

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
At their February 6 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors heard important updates from their Scientific Advisory Committee and Drug Testing Initiatives Task Force. Items presented for discussion included completed anabolic steroid administration studies, upcoming therapeutic medication studies, and the development of drug testing labor...
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Handicapping contest set for Tioga next Saturday

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
Tioga Downs will host a handicapping contest on Saturday, February 21, dubbed “The Mid-Winter Mayhem” that will span 10 races on the Saturday night simulcast card. The first half of the handicapping contest will be determined by the first five races from Yonkers Raceway, followed by races six through ten from the Meadowlands. Contestants will be required to pick the winner of each of...
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Harness Racing Museum has stallion breedings available

on 02/12/2009 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce the addition of  five stallions to the outstanding roster for the 2009 stallion breeding auction. The state of Indiana offers Always A Virgin and Keystone Blitz, both entering the breeding shed for their first season, and Holy Guacamolie and Island Fantasy have moved to the Hoosier state. Wearable Art enters the breeding shed for the first...
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Don Codey resigns at Freehold

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
Donald R. Codey Jr., president and general manager of Freehold Raceway since 2001, has resigned his position effective immediately. Prior to joining Freehold, Codey served as Assistant Director at the New Jersey Racing Commission (1991-1995) and general manager of Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs (1995-2000). He also served as Vice President of Harness Tracks of America.“I appreciate all the op...
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Tioga, Vernon announce plans for 2009 schedule

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
The Tioga and Vernon Downs race dates and stakes calendar has been ironed out for the 2009 racing season (pending regulatory approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board). Vernon Downs will open its 90-day season on Friday, April 17, and conclude 2009 on Saturday, Nov. 7.   Vernon will race a schedule of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for most of the meet with a post...
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Delaware newcomer captures feature

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
Still Electric made her first start at Dover Downs an impressive one with a 1:51.4 win in the $33,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace Tuesday at Dover Downs.   A recent acquisition by Howard Taylor, Jerry Silva and Tom Lazzaro, Still Electric was never headed in her conquest in the week\'s top female event. Tim Tetrick took the lead early driving the Mr. Electric-Still Terrific 5 year old&n...
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Minnesota extends deadline for judge applications

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
The Minnesota Racing Commission has extended the deadline for submitting applications for two Associate Judges to Feb. 20, 2009 at 4 p.m. This would be for contract positions during the Running Aces Harness Park meet which begins May 15, 2009 and concludes Aug. 9, 2009. Any persons interested please contact: Mary Manney, Deputy Executive Director, Minnesota Racing Commission, (651) 925-3954 or M...
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Goshen seeking Immortal nominations

on 02/11/2009 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is inviting Immortal nominations for the Class of 2009, with all museum members, in good standing, having the privilege of nominating persons and horses whom they feel have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness racing.   The nominees must be deceased three years or more to be eligible for consideration. Nominations must inc...
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